As noted by the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Twitter account, on Monday night LeBron James moved from 18th to 17th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, moving ahead of eighties Denver Nuggets swingman Alex English:
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) December 29, 2015
The next three players ahead of James on the all-time chart are active players: Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and then Tim Duncan. The next retired player on the list is John Havlicek, who is 13th overall with 26,395 points, or about 800 ahead of James. Entering into Monday night’s game, which is against the reeling Phoenix Suns, James had scored 696 points on the season, having averaged 25.8 points per game across 27 games. This means that, regardless of how Garnett, Pierce, and Duncan perform this season, James has a great chance of passing Havlicek before this season is over. What’s more, James is also on pace to surpass #12 Dominique Wilkins (26,668) and #11 Oscar Robertson (26,710) this year, provided a full season of health.
Tonight is James’ 939th career game, making him one of just three players to be in the top 25 in all-time points while playing fewer than 1,000 career games: the others are #20 Jerry West and #23 Allen Iverson. James is tied for fourth all-time in points per game, trailing Wilt Chamberlain (30.1), Michael Jordan (30.1), and Elgin Baylor (27.4), and tied with Kevin Durant (27.3).